Welcome to the Division of Neurology!

The Division of Pediatric Neurology provides comprehensive consultation, assessment, and management of neurological disorders affecting infants, children and adolescents. In addition to general neurological disorders of childhood, special areas of expertise among the Division members include neuro-developmental disabilities (e.g, autism, developmental delay), epilepsy, metabolic disorders, brain tumors, neurogenetic disorders, headache, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pediatric stroke, gait disturbances, ataxia, cerebral palsy, and neonatal neurology.

Division Chief

Doris Trauner

Professor, MD, Medical College of Virginia
Residency: UC San Diego;
Fellowship: University of Chicago

Dr. Trauner has served as Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCSD since 1981. She has also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, Chair of the Health Sciences Faculty Council, and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosciences. She is board certified in pediatrics, neurodevelopmental disabilities and child neurology. 

Her clinical interests encompass entire spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, language impairment, motor delay, neurobehavioral disorders, and epileptic behavior syndromes. Her research focuses on the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life.



‚ÄčIn our Neurology Division, physician-scientists are using genome sequencing to identify mutations in rare and undiagnosed conditions, in which the brain does not develop or function properly. Recently, Joseph Gleeson, M.D., discovered a mutation as the cause of a potentially treatable form of autism. 

For more on this groundbreaking research read the article in Time magazine